How to Make a Polar Bear & Tree Cookie Set
I really love how this new polar bear with tree cookie set turned out because it reminds me of those polar bears in the Coca-Cola Christmas commercials during my childhood. Those commercials were running through my mind when I was coming up with ideas for this year's Christmas designs. This new set was the end result.
One great thing about this set is you don't have to use the tree that comes with the set. You can purchase the polar bear alone and use any tree cookie cutter you may already own. The polar bear will look like it's decorating any tree that is set beside it.
Polar Bear & Tree Cookie Cutter Set
In the shop for this Christmas season is this polar bear with tree cookie set. The set consists of two cookie cutters: one polar bear and one chubby tree. You can purchase the pair as a set or purchase the polar bear alone.
Template for the Hot Cocoa Cookie Set
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the new Christmas cookie cutter designs, including this polar bear design.
Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
To decorate these polar bear and tree cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- White royal icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Light Blue icing (I used just a tiny touch of Americolor Wedgewood with a touch of Americolor Super Black.)
- Black icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
- Dark Pink icing (I mixed a small amount of Americolor Super Red with Americolor Chocolate Brown.)
- Light Pink icing (I mixed fresh white icing with the dark pink icing above.)
- Dark Green icing (I mixed Americolor Forest Green with a touch of Americolor Chocolate Brown.)
- Medium Green icing (I mixed fresh white icing with the dark green icing above.)
- Light Green icing (I mixed even more fresh white icing with the dark green icing above.)
- Dark Brown icing (I mixed equal parts Americolor Chocolate Brown with Americolor Super Black.)
For the polar bear cookie, begin by filling in the small parts like the back ear, the arm, the tail, and the star base. Let this icing set up for about 15 minutes.
Then fill in the remaining bear body section, and fill in the star shape, as shown. Let this icing dry completely.
Once the base layer of icing had time to dry, draw on the inner star details with a pink food pen. Also, outline the polar bear's body details with light blue icing.
Next, outline the star for dimension and add the black accents on the bear.
For the Christmas tree cookie, I fill in the alternating sections. I begin with the middle tree section and the tree trunk first. I flooded the green background then quickly added the ornament dots for a smooth surface finish.
I then moved on to the top and lower sections of the tree with the same methodStep 2
When the base layer of icing had time to set, I outline each tree section in the coordinating green icing.
I finished the tree decorations by added a white bead garland and attached snowflake sprinkles with white icing. (I got the large snowflake sprinkles from Target.)
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video.
For packaging ideas, there's a few options I think would work. When assembled, this polar bear and tree set would fit nicely in:
- these “7 3/8″ x 5 1/2” boxes from Paper Mart.
- Or, these 7 3/8″ x 5 1/2” boxes from ClearBags (shown in the back in the photo below.)
- Or, these 7" x 4 3/8" boxes from BRP Box Shop (Shown in the front in the photo below.)